Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, CA - Niche

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Monta Vista High School is a public school in Cupertino, California. It has 2,351 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 95% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 267 reviews written and they have been mixed.

21840 Mcclellan Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 366-7600

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3.4 from 267 reviews
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    Academics: I was frustrated to find that it was difficult for me to pursue my academic interests. I wanted to take multiple foreign languages in school, but was told by school administrators that I had to pick only one. I also have a lot of interest in social sciences, but I feel this school isn't good for that, since I couldn't take history until my sophomore year (and there wasn't AP world history available) nor was psychology even offered at my school. I had really wanted to take photography, but when it was my time to sign up for sophomore year classes, the school changed its policy so that only juniors and seniors could take the class. To make matters worse, when I was finally able to take photography, I found many of my classmates didn't care about the subject and would skip class or not try hard. I felt it was unfair to those who really had an interest in the subject that the spots in the class would be given to upperclassmen who were only there to fulfill a requirement.
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    Student Culture & Diversity: I would say while most people would probably state they support same sex marriage, it doesn't necessarily transfer to them being affirming of people of various sexual orientations and gender identities. I heard a lot of people use gay as an insult or make jokes about being gay and use the f slur while I was there. A lot of people make assumptions about other people's genders based on their appearance and often say things that perpetuate cisnormativity, heteronormativity, and gender norms. And while the school has a huge population of Asian descent, particularly from east and south Asia, that doesn't mean students aren't racist toward people of other ethnicities. I remember a few years back there was a scandal because someone had made fun of a Jewish student's last name by changing their name in the yearbook. There were few black and Latinx students at the school. I felt that many students were opposed to affirmative action since they were only thinking about their chances to get into, say, the UCs, and not how it could help others, even fellow Asians who are underrepresented and disadvantaged in education and workplace. Also, some people were very dismissive of antiblackness and other oppressions that people experience, and didn't seem very aware of their own privileges.
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    • 3
    Health & Safety: I'm not sure if we even have a nurse's office, which is a problem since it's not clear where a student should go if they're injured or sick, and we don't have enough gender-neutral bathrooms here. Also, although there's some sex ed in freshman biology, in general we don't have major health programs or resources at this school to educate students and ensure they're in good health. In terms of safety, I don't feel that safe here since we've had several bomb and shooting threats during my time there.
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    • 3
    Extracurriculars: Although there's a wide range of clubs, such as the Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Robotics, business clubs, volunteering clubs, art clubs, and language or culture clubs, I've noticed the biggest and most supported organizations tend to be business and STEM clubs. I also heard that marching band and color guard were going to be cut, which is unfortunate. I don't think this school is the best in terms of supporting people who want to focus on the humanities in their studies.
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    • 2
    Overall Experience: Some parents try to be more understanding of their kids and support their kids to figure out what they want out of their futures, but many just contribute to the already overly competitive environment of the school. In my personal experience, my parents and many of my friends' parents are not very sympathetic to their kids' mental illnesses, career interests that aren't necessarily "practical"/lucrative, or their kids being queer and/or trans.

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
4.00 Homestead High School 1 mi. 2,382
4.00 Fremont High School 3 mi. 2,004
4.33 Mountain View High School 3 mi. 1,838
4.33 Cupertino High School 3 mi. 2,079
4.33 Lynbrook High School 3 mi. 1,861

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Female 50%
Male 49%

Student Diversity

Monta Vista High School United States Cupertino High School Fremont High School Homestead High School Lynbrook High School Mountain View High School
Asian 78.0% 4.8% 63.0% 27.0% 39.0% 81.0% 24.0%
White 16.0% 51.0% 19.0% 19.0% 34.0% 11.0% 49.0%
Hispanic 2.0% 25.0% 11.0% 45.0% 17.0% 2.0% 20.0%
Multiracial 2.0% 2.8% 3.0% 4.0% 6.0% 3.0% 2.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
African American 0% 15.0% 1.0% 2.0% 1.0% 0% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 1.0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 23.9%
Grade 10 24.4%
Grade 11 25.6%
Grade 12 26.1%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 37 responses

  • 30% Yes
  • 32% Not sure.
  • 38% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 25 responses

  • 22% Good learning environment
  • 22% The handful of great teachers
  • 20% You CAN learn if you want to
  • 18% People are pretty accepting here
  • 11% Facilities
  • 7% Well-knit social circles

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 25 responses

  • 22% Stress
  • 21% Workload
  • 18% Competition
  • 13% Lack of diversity
  • 8% Culture
  • 8% Bad teachers
  • 7% Too many people at this school
  • 2% Everything

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 29 responses

  • 34% More academics-oriented people than normal
  • 28% It is very competitive but has school spirit
  • 21% Its full of students who care more for schoolwork
  • 17% No one has a life

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 31 responses

  • 55% Very stressful and competitive
  • 35% Academically intensive
  • 3% Street dumb
  • 3% Hassle
  • 3% Book-smart

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 25 responses

  • 44% Time management and knowing your interests
  • 40% Do well in classes, but search for your interests
  • 4% Run away if you can
  • 4% Don't follow the crowd if you have different likes
  • 4% Balance academics and extracurriculars well
  • 4% Dare to be different

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 28 responses

  • 0% I love everything about this school.
  • 46% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 43% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 11% I hate everything about this school.